Jane Morgan vintage couture collection to be exhibited in Kennebunk, Maine

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New York, NY (December 2, 2021)

For the first time ever, some thirty, performance gowns, exclusively selected from the private collection of Jane Morgan, spanning the singer’s illustrious stage, screen, TV career, from the 1950’s-1980’s, will debut at The Brick Store Museum in Kennebunk; February 1st – May 21st, 2022.

For Morgan, who has a Star on The Hollywood Walk Of Fame; twice sang the winning song at the Oscars; received numerous awards and accolades across her international singing career, and is well known for the special gowns she wore for every appearance, including singing and performing for Royalty; Queen Elizabeth and Princess Diana; Heads of State; French President, Charles A.J.M. de Gaulle; Presidents John F. Kennedy, Richard M. Nixon, Gerald R. Ford, James E. Carter, Jr., Ronald Wilson Reagan, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush;, Jr; the time is right to bring the collection to the public.

As Morgan says, “They’re just so magnificent. It’s hard to believe I even wore these treasures.” Some of them are so intricate and complicated you’d have to have a road map to get into one of them.”

Throughout the time-consuming process of readying the gowns for the Exhibition unpacking, sorting, selecting, preparing, the specially made and specifically constructed gowns “perfect confections”, she notes each piece decorated with an abundance of dazzling, luxurious embellishments; sequins, beading, feathers, French lace; intricate embroidery, finest fabrics; Morgan worked closely with Bonnie Bien, owner, La Presse PR, who as a teenager, travelled with and personally assisted Morgan for four years.

Morgan hand-picked Bien to help with the gown selection/preparation for the Exhibition, particularly because of Bien’s first-hand knowledge of the collection and the famed designers who created the unique, one-of-a-kind gowns; Kathryn Kuhn, Donald Brooks, Stephen Yearick, Ben Reig, Ruben Panis, Oleg Cassini, Monte Streitfield, Marion Wagner.

The Exhibition, which focuses on Morgan’s desire to find a good and charitable purpose for the gowns which she wore on stage, takes the pieces from the long, packed-away time in boxes, straight to the public eye; first in Kennebunk and then, travelling to other locations across the country, with the goal of collection showings at other prestige places, such as the new, Museum of Broadway, set to open in Times Square, summer 2022.

For Morgan, who realized from the start that the unique gowns needed to be housed in an equally unique and eclectic way, the idea for the Museum presentations was the only way to go.

As she puts it, “no one was getting to see all these fabulous pieces. My goal was to find the best way to exhibit a sampling of the gowns; share them in a fabulous, Museum setting, the ilk of The Metropolitan Museum Of Art, where both Kathryn Kuhn and Ben Reig have pieces.

As a further testament to Morgan’s legacy and enduring fame, solidifying her and her songs as classic and timeless, her well-known song, “If I Could Live My Life Again”, was chosen for the closing music of Season 2, Episode 10, of the Apple TV hit, “The Morning Show”, starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon.

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IMG Announces Winners Of The 2021 Australian Fashion Laureate

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SYDNEY, 30 November 2021

IMG today announced the winners of the 2021 Australian Fashion Laureate, honouring the creative excellence and achievements of the Australian fashion industry. Winners across award categories were revealed at a celebratory luncheon at Mimi’s Restaurant, Coogee, bringing the Australian fashion industry together for the first time since Afterpay Australian Fashion Week in June.

The Australian Fashion Laureate awards recognise Australia’s exceptional talent and highlight innovations and conversations shaping the Australian fashion industry and its future. New Australian Fashion Laureate award categories for 2021 included: Indigenous Designer of the Year, celebrating Australia’s First Nations designers; and the Carla Zampatti Award for Excellence in Leadership, honouring persons who have made outstanding contributions to advancing the position of women in the Australian fashion industry. The industry’s pinnacle honour, the Australian Fashion Laureate Lifetime Achievement Award, recognises the significant impact on the growth and development of the Australian fashion industry overall.

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IMG is pleased to share the complete list of winners across 2021 award categories:

Australian Fashion Laureate Lifetime Achievement Award
Linda Jackson AO

Carla Zampatti Award for Excellence in Leadership, presented by Porsche
Grace Lillian Lee

Designer of the Year
Anna Plunkett and Luke Sales, Romance Was Born

Emerging Designer of the Year, presented by Shopify
Richard Jarman, COMMAS

Indigenous Designer of the Year
Julie Shaw, MAARA Collective

Sustainable Innovation of the Year, presented by GlamCorner
Deborah Sams and Mary Lou Ryan, bassike

People’s Choice, presented by Afterpay
Elizabeth Abegg and Isabella Pennefather, Spell

Please see award recipient and event imagery here.

“The Australian Fashion Laureate provides an important platform to celebrate the success of Australia’s designers and fashion talent, while demonstrating that our industry’s creativity and connectivity can continue to flourish despite extraordinary challenges,” stated Natalie Xenita, Vice President-Managing Director of IMG’s fashion events and properties, Asia-Pacific. “In striving for change and innovation, today’s honourees have played a significant role in futureproofing our industry and reinforcing the cultural impact of fashion both within and beyond Australia.”

Australian Fashion Laureate recipients are chosen by Australian Fashion Industry Alumni, a panel of industry leaders, including media, buyers, communications professionals, creatives and designers.

The Australian Fashion Laureate is an IMG event supported by the NSW Government through Destination New South Wales.

Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney, Stuart Ayres, said: “The Australian Fashion Laureate is a fantastic platform for our emerging and established fashion designers, and what better way to showcase the convergence of culture and nature in NSW than by honouring their talent against the spectacular backdrop of Sydney’s world-famous Coogee Beach. The NSW Government is proud to partner with IMG in congratulating the recipients of this year’s awards and celebrating the leadership and innovation in fashion that they represent. The Australian Fashion Laureateunderscores Sydney as Australia’s fashion capital and the importance of fashion retail to the NSW visitor economy. We look forward to supporting the economic growth and success of NSW designers and the broader fashion industry into the future.”

In addition to Destination NSW, the Australian Fashion Laureate is made possible through the support of Afterpay, GlamCorner, K&L Gates, Porsche, San Pellegrino and Shopify.

The Australian Fashion Laureate statuettes are created and generously donated by Dinosaur Designs.

The digital home for the Australian Fashion Laureate is www.australianfashionlaureate.com and @ausfashionweek across Instagram and Facebook and @ausfw on Twitter, where the industry and fans may follow along through official hashtag, #AustralianFashionLaureate.

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Consorzio for the Protection of PARMIGIANO REGGIANO® Celebrates Winners
of Inaugural Design Challenge

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A design competition celebrating authenticity!

NEW YORK (November 25, 2021)

This year, the Consorzio for the Protection of PARMIGIANO REGGIANO® cheese launched its first-ever Design Challenge, an initiative that continued its long commitment to creativity, innovation and craftsmanship. Co-sponsored by renowned Italian design companies Kartell and ALESSI, the Design Challenge offered professional designers and design students the opportunity to enter product design concepts based on the theme of “AUTHENTICITY”.

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Following almost 500 entries submitted by professional designers and design students from countries across the globe, the Awards Ceremony took place on November 18th at the beautiful Kartell Showroom in New York City. The winners were celebrated by an audience of executives from top Italian design and food brands, a number of prominent designers, and members of the press.

The event included a welcome statement by Marcello Turini, Chief Business Development Officer for theConsorzio for the Protection of PARMIGIANO REGGIANO® – who came from Italy specifically to attend the ceremony and celebrate the winners – as well as statements by sponsors, JJ Jenkins, CEO of Kartell USA, and Emanuele Gaeti, CEO of ALESSI USA.

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Additionally, Min. Plen. Fabrizio Di Michele, the Consul General of Italy in New York gave a short speech, recognizing the talent of the Award Winners and the innovative spirit of the Italian business community. His presentation was followed by a short speech by one of the judges – designer par excellence, Karim Rashid – who emphasized the importance of shining a spotlight on design – because “the objective of design is to change humanity for the better”.

The Best of Show Award was presented by the Chief Design Officer of PepsiCo, to Qing Yan, a design student who also won the Gold Award at the Student Level in the Eating Category. The winning project concept was “Cillio” – a set of ingenious cheese knives inspired by nature. Qing is a Chinese citizen studying design at the Art Center in Pasadena, CA – and came to New York to accept the award.

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While the evening celebrated design, the star of the food experience was PARMIGIANO REGGIANO® cheese which was sampled with great delight by the guests. The menu for the evening was developed by Chef Michele Casadei Massari, the US Brand Ambassador for PARMIGIANO REGGIANO® – who is also the Co-Founder and Executive Chef of Lucciola Restaurant in NYC.

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A full showcase of the winning projects, accompanied by background information about the designers will be featured on the PARMIGIANO REGGIANO® U.S. website starting next week. Images and additional content about the Awards Party and the Award Winning Projects will be featured on PARMIGIANO REGGIANO®’s U.S. social media channels.

WEBSITE https://parmigianoreggiano.us/design-challenge/overview/

INSTAGRAM @parmigianoreggianousa

FACEBOOK @parmigianoreggianousa

TWITTER @parmigiano_usa

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New York City sees Fiorucci Wall for the first time at New York City Center

Courtesy: Lev Radin

A Rare Look

The famous New York City Center on Friday revealed a rare viewing of the Fiorelli Wall that’s never been seen in public before where spectators got to see this unforgettable painting by Keith Harring and Angel Ortiz aka LA II.

Courtesy: Paula Lobo

A popular artist and activist, Keith Haring was an influential part of the New York art scene during the 1980s.

Inspired by graffiti art, he began drawing in New York’s subway stations, filling empty advertising spaces with chalk drawings.

His aim was to make art accessible to everyone.

In 1983, legendary Milan-based designer Elio Fiorucci invited Haring to Milan to turn his store into a work of art.

Fiorucci stripped his 5,000 square foot store bare, creating a blank wall canvas.

Haring painted the shop in 13 hours, working overnight with his friend and collaborator Angel Ortiz (LA II), accompanied by the tunes of DJ Maurizio Marisco.

When the installation came down in 1984, Fiorucci saved the panels and kept them in storage for decades.

The panel currently installed in City Center’s Shuman Lounge, on display in New York for the first time ever, was restored by Fiorucci in 1991.

Courtesy: Sebastian Freyer

A series of portraits by q known for her photographs of the New York art world in the 1980s, accompanies the panel just outside the Lounge.

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New York City declares it playtime as Halloween Parade & parties return post COVID19 lockdown

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Let’s March Again

The lights were on for Halloween Night on Sunday evening as New York City officially ended its one-year Halloween hiatus thanks to COVID19, and returned to life as it was pre-COVID19 with a night of festivities happening all around Manhattan, especially the 48th Annual New York’s Village Halloween Parade where this year’s theme was “Let’s Play” and “All Together Now” that celebrates New York City coming out of quarantine to celebrate Halloween again.

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This year, after serving as a springboard for Gods and monsters for nearly half a century, the NYC Halloween Parade changed it up with an epic story to tell, telling the story of us who continue to be resilient day in and day out, and even in our darkest hour, we’re determined to step out and dance the streets of New York City for one night a year where we can be anything we want, other then you.

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Not a step was missed in this one year hiatus of the NYC Halloween Parade, not even a threat of a possible COVID19 Delta Variant at the unofficial end of Summer did not stop this crown jewel that is our Halloween Parade from happening, the action was not slowing down come midnight where Union Square was still buzzing with characters from pop culture, as well as characters you originally created which the NYC Halloween Parade encouraged in this years theme, along with mandatory costume to be in the parade.

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There was no shortage of party moments along 14th Street East and West, there was the ever constant preaching of taking religion as a way to save you, but the crowd by in large kept amongst their friends and themselves who stop at nothing to dress as provocatively as possible, it’s clearly what Halloween in New York City is all about.

Halloween for Daniel plus Lauren was also a true homecoming because it’s been 3 long years since DpL has done anything that’s Halloween in NYC, there were personal reasons, then COVID, and now no reason existed for DpL not to come in, they made a triumph homecoming to Abracadabra NYC costume and makeup shop where, plus visiting Le Bain at The Standard where Susanne Bartsch hosted her annual Halloween party immediately following time spent in Union Square.

This year was all about taking back the wonderful time from 2011 to 2018 and bringing it into 2021 for Daniel plus Lauren and the rest of the world, there was no need to hunker down and stay in lockdown to protect ourselves from a deadly pandemic, all we need to do was party, plus party responsibly.

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NYC City Center Welcomes the Keith Haring Fiorucci Wall and Special Appearance of ANGEL ORTIZ aka LA II

Courtesy: LA Presse PR

New York, NY – October 30, 2021

For the First Time in NYC the Never-before-seen Fiorucci Wall Painted by Keith Haring and Angel Ortiz aka LA II is on View at City Center.

A Special Viewing for Press and other VIP Guests of Angel Ortiz aka LA II.

You are invited to view the Fiorucci Wall and meet the Artist Angel Ortiz aka LA II on November 5th at historical City Center, from 4- 5 PM.

As a special memento of this momentous occasion a limited number of collectable buttons commemorating the viewing will be handed out to our VIP guests.

In 1980 Keith Haring recruited a young graffiti artist named Angel Ortiz also known as LA II. In 1983 LA II and Haring spray-painted the entire Fiorucci store in Milan in 13 hours.

An immense mural from this was kept in storage for decades, and later restored in 1991.

The New York City Center now (for a limited time), houses the spectacular Fiorucci Wall. This is the first time it will be seen in NYC.

It is on loan from the MACO Museum of Chang Mai for the theatre’s 2021 – 22 season.

The mural is on view at City Center for limited public viewing.

New York City graffiti artist Angel Ortiz aka LA II is best known for his collaborations with Keith Haring.

Ortiz’s career took off after Haring spotted his “Little Angel” tag upon moving to New York and asked to meet the then-teenage artist.

Throughout the ’80s, Haring and Ortiz combined their signatures to create murals, sculptures, train paintings, and other objects, and Ortiz’s style and technique are thought to have influenced Haring’s solo practice from then on.

Along with several joint exhibitions of his work and Haring’s, Ortiz’s own mix of contemporary symbols has been shown in galleries and museums across the United States and worldwide.

Please RSVP to enter the reception for Angel Ortiz aka LA II and receive the keepsake button.

RSVP: Bonnie Bien

Contact: Bonnie@Lapressepr.com


New York City Center is located at 131 W 55th St between Sixth and Seventh avenues.

Proof of vaccine is necessary for entry.

Please click on the NY City Center link for further information:


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Space Gallery of Soho opens up Giorgio Pasqualetti Exhibition

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On Call By Nature

Gallery St Barth is delighted to present for the first time in New York City, the inaugural solo exhibition by upcoming Italian artist Giorgio Pasqualetti, who presents “Nature’s Rules”, with an opening night cocktail on Thursday with Giorgio present for the exhibit that runs until Friday, November 12, 2021.

Courtesy: Space Gallery

“I wanted to focus my attention on these uncontaminated places not only to excite the viewer but also to reflect on the fact that to preserve these environments we must necessarily respect the laws of nature. It is clear to everyone how nature reacts with strength and “rigor” when man ignores or forgets these laws. Environmental disasters are now on the agenda.” – GP

Courtesy: Space Gallery

Art today sensitizes the viewer on environmental issues in many ways and for those who like Pasqualetti create abstract geometric works, it is the color that indicates an emergency.

In the diptych “Amazonia” the red background echoes the environmental tragedy of deforestation and fires in the Amazon rainforest which not only represents a threat to the climate but also a breeding ground for dangerous pathogens.

Courtesy: Space Gallery

The rigor of nature is a project born not only to raise awareness but also to rediscover a connection with the natural elements.

The lockdown and the fear of contagion have created a disconnection between man and the environment and narrating the seven natural wonders of the world with painting is like diving back into the soul of nature, into its secrets, into the light of its colors.

Sky, woods, rocks, earth, water, give us the free and clean breath we all need.

Courtesy: Space Gallery

“The need to show reality not as it appears but in the way my mind perceives its appearance, translates into this new project that investigates the purest nature with its colors and its hidden geometries and how men try to change the laws by which nature itself expresses itself.” – GP

Courtesy: Space Gallery

Pasqualetti is based between Milan and Rome.

His command of color and his elegant tableaux have caught the attention of Italy’s most prominent curators in addition to collectors including LVMH who have commissioned half a dozen custom paintings by the artist.

Pasqualetti has received international press coverage from Vogue Italia, Vanity Fair, and GQ as an artist to watch and his star is on the rise.

His calendar of exhibitions in 2021/2022 will only continue to raise his profile, name recognition, and also his price point.

Courtesy: Space Gallery

Title of works (7 Natural Wonders of the World)

  1. Table Mountain
  2. Puerto Princesa Underground River 3. Komodo
  3. Jeju Island
  4. Halong Bay
  5. Amazon
  6. Iguazu Falls
Courtesy: Space Gallery

Established in 2011, Space Gallery St Barth is a contemporary art gallery dedicated to showcasing painting, photography, and sculpture by established and emerging artists.

Since its inception, Space Gallery St Barth has built up an impressive roster of artists, curated international exhibitions, and participated in major art fairs including the Venice Biennale.

As of today, the gallery has locations in St Barth and New York City and regularly exhibits in Monaco and Miami.

The gallery’s location in New York City has been open since November 2018.

Courtesy: Space Gallery

Website: www.spacestbarth.com
Instagram: @spacegallerystbarth
For more information, please contact: info@spacestbarth.com

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Fashion Tech Week New York makes noise w/ post-COVID19 in-person return

Courtesy: Sabina Saga

NEW YORK CITY, NY – October 7-9

Fashion Tech Week New York celebrated fashion- and technology designers from all around the world to present the most innovative and groundbreaking designs in the Big Apple.

This was the 6th annual Fashion Tech Week New York exhibition, and it took place on October 7 to 9.

The “expo” included panel discussions, networking mixers, keynote speakers, demos, pop-up shops, a fashion tech competition, and a runway show, highlighting the applications of 3D-printing designed apparel, accessories and footwear, augmented- and virtual reality, retail technology, robotics, wearables, IoT, and sustainability in the fashion ecosystem.

Among the participating designers were Dr. Kitty Yeung, Stephanie Santos, Felipe Flallo, and Sabina Saga who are shaping the next Gen of the fashion industry.

Courtesy: Dr. Kitty Yueng

Dr. Kitty Yueng

Dr. Kitty Yeung is a hardware engineer/designer with a PhD in Applied Physics, interested in technology and making consumer products that can integrate science, art and music and in pursuing intellectual contribution to the wider society.

Accomplished designer with background in physics and proven experience integrating engineering, visual design, device design, industrial design, and interaction design to optimize user experience. Leverages expertise in science and fine arts, innovating solutions across multiple disciplines that have garnered attention in international publications, as well as invitations to speak and judge at forums on bridging between technology and design. Demonstrates creations in public events and classrooms.

Courtesy: Stephanie Santos

Stephanie Santos

Couture designer Stephanie Santos uses technology to achieve the complex, organic forms found in nature in her own designs,
Santos relies on 3D technologies, like 3D printing and 3D softwares. In her work, she promotes sustainability through methods of digital fabrication, use of ethically sourced and natural or leftover fabric, and made on demand practices.

Santos also works with thermoplastic polyurethane, a reusable, recyclable plastic which is sustainably produced and maintained.

Stephanie Santos is only one of the many designers who have incorporated 3D technology into their design process.

3D technologies are unique in that they allow designers to experiment with
and create geometries that couldn’t possibly be made by the human hand.

The process of 3D printing involves layering thin films of material according to a pattern or digital blueprint which is typically rendered using computer-aided design techniques.

While most of these garments are produced primarily for runway and fashion shows, 3D printed accessories have been finding their way to the consumer market in larger quantities than ever before.

3D technology offers a sustainable alternative to the manufacturing of garments, shoes, and accessories, as products are printed as needed therefore reducing waste material.

Courtesy: Felipe Flallo

Felipe Fiallo

Felipe Fiallo is a footwear designer who has combined technological innovation with sustainable materials, style, and comfort to create unique lines of shoes.

His collection “We Go Far” features seven pairs of athletic sneakers which were inspired by an investigation into the biological materials found in Latin America.

Along with unconventional material use,
Flallo incorporated methods of digital fabrication and design to produce this line of shoes.

Other collections include “Crystal Walk”, in which natural crystals grow directly on the shoe, and “Growing Shoe”, where a shoe grows from fungi.

The field of footwear manufacturing and design has become increasingly dependent on the introduction of different technologies.

Technology has been used to elevate shoe aesthetic design, as well as shoe practicality by making them more comfortable and convenient, especially for athletes.

Brands like Nike and Adidas, as well as many independent footwear designers, have adopted many such methods to make their shoes more accessible and desirable to the public market.

Courtesy: Sabina Saga

Sabina Saga

A creative genius, Sabina Saga is an FIT graduated technical designer specializing in 3D printed accessories, jewelry, and garments.

Courtesy: Tanya James

Tanya James

Tanya James is a fashion entrepreneur, technologist and analytics professional.

She is currently the founder/CEO/Curator of Global Fashion Technology Federation.Org, Fashion Tech Week NY, The Internet of fashion and Wearable Institute of fashion and accessories design.

Each company branded as startups of fashion and technology integrations business models.

When people ask Tanya James to describe herself, she doesn’t hesitate to say that first and foremost she is a passionate innovator, idealist and visionary to her core—a trait birthed from her family of entrepreneurial, creative and passion driven female role models.

Throughout her tenure partnering with leading technology companies she became the go to advocate for fashion tech contacts.

Her Internet of Fashion brand focuses on hardware/software education that expose and encouraging all who have interest in understanding which technologies would work best in creating the desired products or services.

For Tanya James education is a daily experience.

Ms. James grew more into her natural ability as a leader when mentoring many high school/college students plus volunteers during the annual Fashion Tech Week NY events and The Internet of fashion monthly educational meet ups.

Always inspiring others to dream big with a motto that nothing is impossible if you believe you can achieve.

For more on Fashion Tech Week NY by Tanya James, clink on the highlighted link in the bold paragraph to get full access on FTWNY21.

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COTERIE Announces 2022 Event Calendar for the Women’s Advanced Contemporary and Contemporary Market, Including Return to New York and Miami

Courtesy: Informa Markets

New York, NY – October 18, 2021

COTERIE, the leading industry connector for the women’s advanced contemporary and contemporary market, organized by Informa Markets Fashion, announced Monday plans for its 2022 event calendar.

Continuing its approach to delivering increased variety and higher value business opportunities, COTERIE’s 2022 schedule will include a combination of locations and formats and will feature newly enhanced hybrid events designed to deliver a greater assortment of products and connection touchpoints for the advanced contemporary and contemporary women’s market in support of ongoing and evolved industry needs.

With the unveiling of a new hybrid approach, which has been in development over this past year, the 2022 schedule will provide retail buyers with a more diverse set of opportunities to capitalize on new and emerging trends and discover a greater variety of designers, advanced contemporary and contemporary labels utilizing AI-powered technology for a more personalized and efficient user experience; from pre-event planning to post event follow-up and ongoing discovery.

For advanced contemporary and contemporary women’s brands, the introduction of newly enhanced, multichannel opportunities will provide deeper storytelling and promotion opportunities with expanded access to elite and refreshed audiences – both in-person and online – allowing for additional business connections throughout the coming year.

Continuing with its twice annual keystone and now hybrid events, COTERIE New York will return to the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on February 27, 2022March 1, 2022, and again on September 18-20, 2022.

The New York editions will feature new brands and top sellers from categories such as advanced contemporary and contemporary apparel, footwear, accessories, and beauty, as well EDIT-COTERIE’s advanced international collections.

The September event will also welcome the return of destination – COTERIE’s highly curated swimwear and resortwear community.

Further facilitating a clarified and intuitive onsite experience for buyers, COTERIE New York’s February and September editions will also feature “curations,” such as minority-owned and sustainable brands, which will be displayed throughout the show floor to highlight new areas of shopping interest as retailers look to deliver on updated consumer demands and diversify their inventory offerings.

Emphasizing the COTERIE experience in both the February and September editions, guests can also enjoy top tier educational programming, featuring prominent industry talent and fresh voices, in addition to curated, show- exclusive activations and elite networking events.

Expanding beyond the live event, the accompanying digital platform will also be available before, during, and, after the February and September show dates, which will further extend discovery, shopping, and connection opportunities for both brands and buyers.

Providing a more holistic approach to today’s evolving market needs with more targeted, unique discovery journeys and broaden connection opportunities, COTERIE’s product-forward, AI-powered digital platform will feature a variety of international and domestic advanced contemporary women’s brands and products, with products available updated on an ongoing basis and assortments tailored to users’ personalized interests.

Mimicking the B2C shopping experience, COTERIE’s digital platform, coupled with COTERIE’s return of live events brings the best of innovation and tradition together for the advanced contemporary and contemporary women’s community.

“As part of our purposeful evolution alongside the industry as an invaluable resource and tool, our combination of live and digital offerings in 2022 will emphasize product-first digital discovery that translates into in-person meetings, where the community can interact face-to-face and ultimately build new trusted relationships,” says Courtney Bradarich, VP of Contemporary Women’s Events – COTERIE, at Informa Markets Fashion. “The vision for our community is that both live and digital formats are used in concert with one another, with the benefits of both driving forward an entirely new way to conduct business – growing their business more efficiently and more effectively than ever before.”

COTERIE will also return to Miami in July 2022 during Swim Week with destination: miami by COTERIE, the women’s resortwear and swimwear market event.

The hybrid event will showcase a global collection of resortwear and swimwear brands alongside vacation-inspired apparel, accessories, and footwear labels spanning contemporary and advanced contemporary price points, drawing an influential audience of international and domestic retailers, buyers, influencers, and media.

Intimate and curated, July’s event will emphasize elite shared experiences and event- exclusive onsite activations to further foster connectivity and interactions during a key fashion moment when the industry convenes in one of North America’s most dynamic hubs for design, culture, and entertainment.

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Continuing Informa Markets Fashion’s focus on sustainability, which was showcased this year via a Mock Shoppe which highlighted sustainable brands and in-store solutions, as well as topical content sessions, there will be a number of onsite activations and educational themes to promote more sustainable business practices.

With the increase in awareness and shifts in both consumer and brand interests in cultivating a greener and healthier Earth within the fashion industry, COTERIE will continue to be a place of education and growth for those who are starting their journey as well as established companies looking to do more, and will continue to highlight the technologies, innovations, and current global topics in sustainability.

Further details on sustainability- focused activations and educational topics will be released in the coming months.

“As part of our ongoing efforts to not only positively affect change within our own operations and practices, as an industry connector for the advanced contemporary market, our mission is to create more meaningful dialogue around broader industry topics, such as sustainability, in addition to being a larger business resource to educate, empower, and spark creativity within the communities we serve,” Bradarich adds.

For more information, including upcoming announcements of future 2022 COTERIE event dates, timely business resources, and information relevant to the women’s advanced contemporary and contemporary market, please visit: https://www.coteriefashionevents.com/en/home.html.

To visit COTERIE’s digital discovery platform, please visit: https://www.coteriefashionevents.com/en/shop-

For more information about additional 2022 Informa Markets Fashion events, please visit: https://www.findfashionevents.com.

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Informa Markets declare physical retail stores NOT DEAD

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The Lights Are Still On!!!!

Informa Markets took an in-depth look today in a live webinar that’s all about “Tapping Into The Future Of Retail”, which Informa happily says there is no expiration date on in-person shopping, in spite of the alarming closure of physical spaces during the COVID19 pandemic, as well as the sharp decline physical retail was tormented by in the last decade thanks the online shopping.

COVID19 was devastating at best to retailers on all levels as the virus forced consumers globally to lockdown and put their buying power on e-commerce of all types, whether it’s native digital retailers or retailers whose origins are physical have launched online outlets as a ways to a means to stay alive.

Despite online business being the lifeline that keeps the lights on with major brands, native digital brands have quickly learned that an in-person store presence greatly helps their brand stand out, leaving a major impression on consumers to keep coming back, nobody truly knows this better than retailers like Macy’s, Nordstrom’s, Neiman Marcus, and Nike who’ve transformed their physical space beyond a buying destination, but into a place where a given Neiman Marcus in one city or town is a media center, a brand billboard, an entertainment venue, an interactive space with a brand’s products, and a community center that connects to consumers in the locations they’re in.

Cities where there use to be high-dense traffic before the pandemic have had physical stores close up shop now that they’re staying closer to home thanks to stay-at-home orders and even now post-COVID19, so retailers are opening up new stores closer to their consumer’s residences to keep their physical footprint alive in the market, implementing the new experience of an in-person store as a whole.

Another option for retailers, designers, and brands like Uncommon James have already done to consider is take the niche approach of pop-up stores and make it into a long-term strategy since it’s more cost-effective for new and existing retailers to increase their awareness in the marketplace, plus a countless number of towns and cities have more than their fair share of empty storefronts that need new occupancy to draw consumers back to their shopping districts hard hit by the pandemic.

Retailers and brands have had to strengthen their relationships during COVID19 because no consumer sales were happening due to lockdown, negotiating financial terms to survive those very lean times, the same should continue especially now that the climate’s changed with or without COVID19, with retailers and brands still being able to co-exist despite a brand having its own store nearby retailer, with products available exclusively at retail, and vice versa for brand store.

Each and every brand, designer, and retailer as the future of retail is now in the present are strongly advised not to rely on the future of just e-commerce alone, or even relying on the fact that your designs are interesting, physical retail in a reimagined way must be in your portfolio of growth, but execute physical retail in the way that’s best for your business to grow, and resonates strongly on your consumer base.

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